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Jeff KaplanFounder, New Living | Twitter
Seven years ago, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store that became the first certified B Corp (or Benefit Corporation) that was a retail store in the US. A social entrepreneur from a young age, Jeff founded Urban Land Institute’s national Young Leaders Program at 21, and later cofounded Wulfe Urban, an urban development consulting and brokerage team under the auspices of Wulfe & Co. Jeff has helped develop many small, socially impactful businesses in Houston’s inner-city, including Caroline Collective, The Green Painter, Trentino Gelato, Byrd’s Market, Beaver’s Ice House and Sammy’s @ 2016 Main. He has served on the boards of The Blackwood Educational Land Institute, The Urban Land Institute, The Rice Building Institute, the Architypes steering committee for the AIA, and The Great Plains Council. In 2011 he was named a “Green Hero” by the Houston Chapter of the United States Green Building Council.
Dr. EunSook KwonDirector, Industrial Design Program at University of Houston
Dr. Kwon is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston Hines College of Architecture and the director of the UH Industrial Design program. Her research interests include human-centered design, social and mindful design, design education, and constructivist learning.
Dr. Jordan MillerAssistant Professor, Rice University | Twitter
Jordan Miller uses chemistry, rapid prototyping, and open source tools to create microenvironments for living human cells to understand the process of vascularization. One of Dr. Miller's current projects is 3-D printing vascular systems that can transport blood. He founded the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute (AMRI) and is a core developer of the Rep Rap project.
Dane WitbeckCEO, Meshify | Twitter
Tech executive working at the intersection of hardware and software. I believe in decisions based on data. Fostering a culture of innovative problem-solving and independent thinking is a goal I am working on everyday. I build products that have the potential to make a large impact for many people and/or organizations.